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The LA Auto Show started this week and New Atlas spent a few days speed-walking the floor to get the scoop on new cars, trucks, urban transporters and auto technology. On the cars side, there are numerous concept and production car debuts, exotics, classics, green technologies, customs and more. We’ve put together an overflowing gallery of the best of the best for your viewing pleasure. A few highlights worth a mention … Jaguar of all trades The Jaguar I-Pace makes a very convincing argument for the title of best concept of show. Not only does it sport a potent 395-hp…

After it was discovered in September 2015 that Volkswagen doctored its cars’ diesel engines to give false readings in emissions tests — a costly mistake known as the Dieselgate scandal — the company had no choice but to thoroughly change its strategy. And change it it did: The company just unveiled its an all-new, fully electric car, the Volkswagen I.D. The car was teased with a few promo pictures a few weeks ago, and the company showed a prototype at the Paris Motor Show on Wednesday and revealed a few key facts. It’s a roughly Golf-sized hatchback with a 125kW…

Iveco has premiered its long-haul concept truck, the Z Truck, which explores how alternative energy, new technologies and automated driving may change trucking in the future. The “Z” stands for “Zero,” in the sense of zero CO2 emissions, zero accidents, zero stress and zero waste of driver time. In reality, all of those things would be more accurately termed “near zero,” but that doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well. Nonetheless, Iveco tells New Atlas that the truck, designed by the CNH Industrial Design Centre, improves upon current fuel efficiencies by up to 37 percent, a higher figure than…

Volkswagen is super-duper serious about going green. Emphasizing that fact, it will unveil a new electrified concept car later this month at the Paris Motor Show. Ahead of that that official debut, the German automaker has released three teaser images of that concept likely to both pique our interest for the thing but also to undermine the headlines Chevy has been garnering this week surrounding its 238-mile Bolt EV. Certainly, the concept looks classic VW, with a happy, round-y hatchback shape. That said, this car is more of a design showcase than a production car. IMAGE: VOLKSWAGEN However, the car…

BMW ConnectedDrive provides drivers with a variety of services and apps for in-vehicle entertainment, information and safety. As the name suggests, the system is rooted in connectivity and, working with Deutsche Telekom, BMW is bumping up those capabilities to include high-speed LTE, a Wi-Fi hotspot and the new eSIM. eSIM technology is being touted as a replacement for the traditional SIM card that’s at the heart of your smartphone. It’s used to establish a high-speed LTE connection inside the vehicle. This, in turn, powers a password-protected Wi-Fi hotspot that can provide internet access for up to 10 devices. A a…

Concept cars are meant to push the edges of what’s possible, but the Rolls Royce Vision Next 100 (codenamed 103EX) has taken that idea to a level that most other brands could only hope to achieve. Revealed earlier today at the London Roundhouse, Rolls Royce’s first-ever pure concept in its 105-year history is a fully autonomous vehicle that for all intents and purposes is a rolling luxury living room. Paying homage to the company’s heritage of creating luxurious and handcrafted vehicles, Rolls Royce describes the Vision Next 100 as more than a means of transport; it’s both a sanctuary and…

Volvo has been on a roll of late with the 90 Series vehicles, ushering in a new era for the Swedish automaker. The S90, V90 and XC90 have all been well-received and put the automaker back in the black with an operating profit of almost $485-million in the first quarter thanks to surging sales in Europe, Asia and North America. The Concept 40 is important step in the company’s rebirth — the lastV40 wagon sold well in Canada, so it will be a big boon for both the company and its dealer group. Starting with a completely blank computer screen…

From Audi to Volvo, the world’s automakers are pushing hard to have their autonomous cars ready for general consumption, but BMW’s CEO has just given one of the clearest indications yet of when we can first expect to give up the steering wheel. Speaking at a shareholder meeting this week, Harald Krüger said the Bavarian giant would have an autonomous vehicle called the i NEXT on the road by 2021. We don’t know for sure what the i NEXT will look like, but Krüger describes it as BMW’s “new innovation driver, with autonomous driving, digital connectivity, intelligent lightweight design, a…

This week sees the return to the calendar of a major motor show in the UK. The new London Motor Show has been created with the intention of eventually rivaling the likes of Geneva, Paris and Dubai. Gizmag went along yesterday for a sneak peek. The London Motor Show is effectively the heir of the British International Motor Show, which ran regularly in London, then Birmingham and then London again from 1903 to 2008, after which the financial crisis put the brakes on it. The new event was 18 months in the making and the plan is to run it…

If the reports are true, the Apple Car will speak German, too. Apple has a secret German research and development arm for the long-rumored Apple Car, according to a report filed Monday morning by German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Citing sources “familiar with the matter,” the publication the team consists of 15 to 20 “progressive thinkers” that include “engineering, software, hardware and sales.” Intriguingly, the team is composed of young car-industry experts who felt “held back” by their previous employers. If that doesn’t sound like a bunch of Millennials, I don’t know what does. As for the car itself, it’s said to…

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